If you watched the BBC: The Century of the Self videos mentioned in my last post, you may remember the mention of Public Opinion and Research Polls being used to give credibility to whatever agenda business or government might have. Opinion and Research Polls are now and have been for some time, treated as fact and a way that the world systems (the media, business, and government) manipulate people.
Christian organizations, too, are using Research Polls to promote their books or their agendas—and have been for some time. I recently became aware of the research polls from the evangelical Barna Group. Their data is being used to promote a number of so-called Christian books, including those of George Barna, himself.
I personally do not like questionaire polls. There often are not enough answer choices. For example: scroll down on this Barna site link and you will see About the Research.
Two of the categories they use when polling people are:
1. “upscale” group—those with a 4 year degree and $75000 and above income.
2. “downscale”group —those who have not attended college and with household income of $20,000 or less.
I am not in either group. I have a master’s degree (6 years) of education, but this year, as well as most other years, we won’t be making $75,000. A benefit of getting my Master’s Degree, was taking the required Research Techniques class. I came to the same conclusion in my Research Techniques class as they did in the BBC videos that I mentioned: You can make research say whatever you want.
Why does the fallible human research of man have as much or more authority than God’s Word.
What does the Book say?
“The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.”—Proverbs 14:15